Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Regional Model United Nations Conference 2020 Funding Opportunity Number:      PAS_KTM_2019_004 Deadline for Applications:               August 21, 2019 CFDA Number:                                19.040 Total Amount Available:                 $60,000 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Kathmandu announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting proposals to organize a comprehensive Indo-Pacific Regional Model United Nations (MUN) conference. The conference ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts the Nepal-U.S. Alumni Network (NUSAN) Regional Connectivity Symposium

July 19, 2019 Kathmandu – The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Nepal-US Alumni Network (NUSAN), organized a half-day Regional Connectivity Symposiusm on July 19.  The event welcomed more than 120 attendees, including U.S. government exchange program alumni, government officials, students, and journalists. Ambassador Randy W. Berry spoke at the opening ceremony, sharing that “the ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Funding Opportunity Title: Curbing Disinformation and Misinformation in Media Deadline for Applications: August 15, 2019 Total Amount Available: $25,000 Notification Date: August 23, 2019 Request for Proposals A. Background The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu regularly works with non-governmental organizations to provide journalism and media training opportunities to Nepali journalists, members of civil society, and other media ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Annual Regional Model United Nations Conference

July 15, 2019 Kathmandu – U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Randy W. Berry, UN Resident Coordinator Valerie Julliand, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Ambassador Bharat Raj Paudyal jointly launched the 2019 Everest International Model United Nations (EIMUN) conference today.  In partnership with grantee Youth Thinkers’ Society, the Embassy welcomed 200 delegates from 20 different countries ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO)

Funding Opportunity Title: Regional Youth TechCamp to Promote Good Governance Deadline for Applications: 08/08/2019 Total Amount Available: $103,750 Notification Date: 08/22/2019  A. Background The mission of the U.S. Embassy in Nepal is to assist in Nepal’s development as a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic nation that contributes positively to regional stability.  South Asia is a region ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Sends Female Nepali Athletes to U.S. through Sports Visitor Program

June 27, 2019 The U.S. Embassy is sending five female youth soccer players to the United States for the Sports Visitor Program (SVP) from June 30-July 12.  SVP is an international exchange program that introduces participants to American culture, leadership, and best practices in sports – from community-based recreational youth play to professional leagues.  Managed ... Read More»

Bandh/Strike/Protest Alert – U. S. Embassy Kathmandu, Nepal (June 24, 2019)

 Location: Nepal Event: Nationwide political protests are planned from Tuesday, June 25, 2019.  This could result in possible disturbances, demonstrations, and actions that result in violence or other disruptions across Nepal.  On May 26, 2019, a Biplav initiated bandh resulted in numerous incidents of arson and explosions, some of which detonated in Kathmandu resulting in fatalities.  ... Read More»

Nepal EducationUSA Marketing & Communications Project

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) Nepal EducationUSA Marketing & Communications Project Deadline: 07/09/2019 A. Background Embassy Kathmandu’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) is soliciting proposals from interested non-profit organizations to oversee the Nepal EducationUSA Digital Marketing & Communications Project.  The deadline for proposals is 07/09/2019.  The U.S. Embassy Kathmandu will select an organization to 1) create ... Read More»

U.S. Higher Education Alumni Mentor & Guidance Counselor Training Program

Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) U.S. Higher Education Alumni Mentor & Guidance Counselor Training Program Deadline: 07/09/2019 A. Background Embassy Kathmandu’s Public Affairs Section (PAS) is soliciting proposals from interested non-profit organizations to implement a U.S. Higher Education Alumni Mentor and Guidance Counselor Training Program.  The deadline for submitting this proposal is 07/09/2019.  The U.S. ... Read More»

Ambassador Randy W. Berry At Peace Corps/Nepal Group N206 Swearing-in Ceremony

April 19, 2019 Good afternoon and Namaste, Chief guest The Honorable Chakra Pani Khana, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Development, government officials, distinguished guests, Peace Corps Country Director, Sherry Russell, Peace Corps staff, current and returned Peace Corps volunteers, and most importantly trainees, soon to be volunteers.  This is the first time that I have ... Read More»

US and UK Partner to Combat Human Trafficking in Nepal

June 13, 2019 Today, the development agencies of the United States and United Kingdom announced a partnership that will support the Government of Nepal in reducing human trafficking. This new partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) will expand USAID’s ongoing Hamro Samman ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Inaugurates Dzong Monastery Restoration in Mustang

June 10, 2019 Mustang – U.S. Ambassador Randy W. Berry and Provincial Parliament Member Mahendra Bahadur Thakali inaugurated the restoration of the 16th century Dzong Chode Shedup Choepel Ling Gompa—or Dzong Monastery—at Dzong Village in Mustang.  Through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), the U.S. Embassy contributed $100,000 out of the $123,681 budget for ... Read More»

Inauguration of Trainings on Local Governance for Locally Elected Officials in the Kathmandu Valley

June 6, 2019 Today, in coordination with the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, the U.S. Embassy launched a training program for local government officials focused on budget planning, conflict resolution, community engagement, conducting effective meetings, and building effective judicial systems.  The first training, targeting 33 local officials from across the Kathmandu Valley, will ... Read More»

The United States Breaks Ground on Eight Public Facilities in Makawanpur

May 29, 2019 Deputy Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Nepal, Adriana Hayes, participated in the groundbreaking for six schools and two health facilities in Makawanpur District that were damaged during the 2015 earthquakes. At the event, Ms. Hayes said, “We are proud to partner with the Nepali government and the ... Read More»

USAID Hands Over Four New Primary Schools in Sindhupalchowk District

May 23, 2019 Sindhupalchowk— Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Nepal, Amy Tohill-Stull, and National Reconstruction Authority’s Chief Executive Officer, Sushil Gyewali, handed over four new primary schools to the people of Sindhupalchowk District. Mayor of Chautara Sangachowkgadi Municipality, Aman Singh Tamang, also participated in the handover event. These four schools ... Read More»

Regional Connectivity Symposium – Call for abstracts! Deadline Extended until June 7, 2019

This July, the U.S. Embassy will support the Nepal-US Alumni Network’s (NUSAN) symposium examining innovative strategies and actionable concepts that will strengthen regional integration between Nepal and its partners. We want to hear from dynamic innovators and researchers for your views in these three thematic areas: (1) Governance & Security, (2) Sustainable Economic Growth, or ... Read More»

The United States Hands Over New Primary Schools in Kavrepalanchowk District

April 30, 2019 Today, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, Randy W. Berry handed over three new primary schools to the people of Kavrepalanchowk District. These schools were constructed thanks to the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). At the event, Ambassador Berry told Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel ... Read More»

206th Group of Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn In

April 19, 2019 Forty-nine Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in by Ambassador Randy Berry and the Peace Corps/Nepal Country Director Sherry Russell to begin their two-year service in Nepal. The new Volunteers join over 3,800 Volunteers who served before them in Nepal since 1962, and over 7,200 Peace Corps Volunteers currently serving in 65 other ... Read More»

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Initial Notice of Funding Opportunity

The Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) announces an open competition for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 projects to combat trafficking in persons outside of the United States. Informed by the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report and current anti-trafficking programming, and in consultation with other offices in the ... Read More»

U.S. Military Conducts First Medical Exchange with the Nepal Armed Police Force

April 12, 2019 U.S. Army Soldiers and members of the Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) teamed up to exchange medical first responder knowledge.  The weeklong Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE), which took place April 8th through the 12th, was a marquee event in the beginning of a new partnership between the U.S. Special Operations Command-Pacific ... Read More»

US Embassy Announces Visa Reciprocity Between the United States and Nepal

April 1, 2019 Mike Mussi, Consul of the U.S. Embassy, joined Director General of Immigration Mr. Eshor Poudel today to witness the handover of the first five-year, multiple-entry tourist visas issued by Nepal to American citizen travelers.  The United States has issued five-year visas to Nepali travelers for many years.  With today’s handover, Nepal has ... Read More»

The American Center Re-Opens In Style

February 26, 2019 The American Center at the U.S. Embassy has re-opened with an interactive programming environment, an expanded collection of books, movies, audiobooks, and a video room. U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, Randy Berry inaugurated the newly renovated Center on Feb. 26, 2019. “The U.S. Embassy has modernized the Center to transform it from a ... Read More»

U.S. Government Hands over Biratnagar Women and Children’s Shelter

February 20, 2019 On February 20th, the United States Embassy in Nepal, in partnership with the Government of Nepal, handed over the newly constructed Women and Children’s Shelter in Biratnagar, Morang District.  This $700,000 U.S.-funded and Nepali-built facility will provide a temporary home for women and children affected by violence. Historical, economic, and social dynamics ... Read More»

Call for Applications: The International Writing Program (IWP) 2019 Summer Writing Camp

“BETWEEN THE LINES (BTL): Peace and the Writing Experience” residency program in Iowa City from July 13-27, 2019. Application deadline: March 8, 2019. Since 2008, Between the Lines (BTL) has hosted young writers at the University of Iowa for a cultural exchange program that focuses on the art and craft of creative writing. Participants, aged ... Read More»

2019-2020 FULBRIGHT TEACHING EXCELLENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The 2019-2020 program will mark the twenty-third year of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (formerly the Teaching Excellence Awards program) and the second year the program will be known as the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches English and Operational Skills Training for Tourism Officials

February 4, 2019 U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nepal Pradeep Kumar Gyawali jointly launched a training series on English and operational skills for tourist police, immigration officers, and tourism officials. Speaking at the opening ceremony in Kathmandu today, Ambassador Berry said, “As Nepal’s economy continues to strengthen and as ... Read More»

Fulbright hosts three events in Janakpur

Grad Application Essay & SOP Workshop/Fulbright Master’s Scholarship Program Info Session ACADEMIC WRITING WORKSHOP for Nepali Teachers and Faculty (conducted in Nepali) Grant Proposal Writing Workshop ( conducted in Nepali) For more details please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/540884846423866/ https://www.facebook.com/events/357738868393152/ https://www.facebook.com/events/249145916010223/ Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali of Nepal

December 18, 2018 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali of Nepal today in Washington. Secretary Pompeo highlighted the enduring strength of the U.S.-Nepal partnership and the close people-to-people ties that form the foundation of the relationship. The two leaders discussed Nepal’s $500 ... Read More»

Call for Applications: 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators

The U.S. Embassy in Nepal is pleased to announce a call for applications for Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars and Secondary School Educators, which sends professionals from around the world to the United States for academic training and hands-on professional development. Please note that these programs are only open to professionals working ... Read More»

Fraud Alert

We have received multiple reports about fraudulent emails, such as requests for quotations/proposals claiming to be from the Embassy. We request you to kindly verify the RFQ/RFP requests before replying to them. If you have received such requests, here are a couple of things to look for: – We always publish such requirements/requests on our ... Read More»

Governments of Nepal and the United States Jointly Hand Over Newly-Reconstructed Secondary School

December 4, 2018 Ramechhap—Today, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, Randy W. Berry—in partnership with the National Reconstruction Authority, the Ministry of Education, and the Asian Development Bank—handed over Gaurishankar Secondary School in Ramechhap.  This school was severely damaged during the 2015 earthquake and is the first of 29 new, permanent schools that are being reconstructed with ... Read More»

U.S. Mission in Kathmandu, will be closed for normal business on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

To recognize the nation’s loss of former President George H. W. Bush, President Trump has taken official action to allow Federal employees to join their fellow citizens in remembering our forty-first President.  All Federal offices are closed and all Federal employees are excused from duty for the scheduled workday of December 5, 2018.  Following the ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kathmandu, Nepal

Location: Nepal Event:  Nationwide political protests are planned from Tuesday, November 20, through Saturday, November 24, 2018.  The November 21 and 24 protests will also include mass meetings in Kathmandu.  These protests have the potential to result in significant pedestrian and vehicular congestion.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and quickly escalate into violence. ... Read More»

U.S. Mission and the Nepali Private Sector Promote Responsible Recruitment

November 19, 2018 KATHMANDU —  Today, the U.S. Mission organized an event to foster strong partnerships to promote ethical and fair recruitment practices in the foreign employment process for Nepali people.  Key representatives from the Government of Nepal, private sector, civil society, development organizations, and media attended the event, which was jointly hosted by the ... Read More»

American Citizen Town Hall with Ambassador Randy Berry on Friday, November 16

Ambassador Randy Berry is pleased to host a town hall for American citizens on Friday, November 16 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Ambassador Berry has recently returned to Nepal with his family after having served here as the Deputy Chief of Mission from 2007-2009. He is eager to share information about his priorities and US efforts in ... Read More»

New U.S. Ambassador Berry Presents Credentials

October 25, 2018 Randy Berry, the new U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, presented credentials to President Bidya Devi Bhandari today at the President’s residence, Sheetal Niwas. “I am very happy to be back in Nepal in a new role. I look forward to further strengthening the Nepal-America friendship and I hope our diplomatic engagements will promote ... Read More»

Tribhuvan International Airport advances earthquake preparedness

28 September 2018 It has been over three years since the devastating Gorkha Earthquake ripped through central Nepal killing over 9,000 people and injuring more than 22,000.  Since the earthquake, Nepal has worked hard to recover.  The Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu has been no exception.  TIA is Nepal’s one and only international airport, ... Read More»

2020 Diversity Visa Program Opens on Oct. 3

September 26, 2018 The application period for the 2020 Diversity Visa (DV) program opens at noon Eastern Standard Time, October 3, 2018 (9:45 pm local time in Nepal; Ashwin 17, 2075 B.S.), and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, November 6, 2018 (10:45 pm local time; Kartik 20, 2075 B.S.). We strongly encourage DV program ... Read More»

Community Solutions Program Announcement 2019

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS PROGRAM (CSP) The Community Solutions Program (CSP), sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and implemented by IREX, provides the best and brightest community leaders, ages 25 to 38, from around the world with an intensive, professional development exchange program that includes a substantive ... Read More»

U.S. EMBASSY SWEARS IN AMY TOHILL-STULL AS NEW USAID MISSION DIRECTOR FOR NEPAL

August 24, 2018 KATHMANDU —  Today, at a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy, Chargé d’Affaires Michael C. Gonzales swore in Amy Tohill-Stull as the new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director. Outgoing USAID Mission Director Peter A. Malnak hosted the ceremony, which was attended by USAID and Embassy staff. During the ceremony, Chargé ... Read More»

Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Peter Malnak Inaugurate Newly Restored Gaddi Baithak

June 27, 2018 Kathmandu – Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Peter Malnak jointly inaugurated the recently restored Gaddi Baithak and four other monuments in Kathmandu Durbar Square.  The U.S. government’s Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation(AFCP) awarded a $700,000 grant, and worked in partnership with Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief and ... Read More»

205th Group of Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn In

June 18, 2018 Thirty-five Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in by Chargé d’Affaires Peter A. Malnak and the Peace Corps/Nepal Country Director Sherry Russell to begin their two-year service in Nepal.  The new Volunteers join over 3,800 Volunteers who served before them in Nepal since 1962, and over 7,200 Peace Corps Volunteers currently serving in ... Read More»

United States Hands Over Newly-Reconstructed Barhabise Primary Health Care Center

June 13, 2018 KATHMANDU — U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz, in partnership with Minister for Health and Population Upendra Yadav handed over the newly reconstructed Barhabise Primary Health Care Center in Sindhupalchowk District. During the handover ceremony, Ambassador Teplitz said, “For over 70 years, the United States and Nepal have shared a mutually ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches Communication and Conflict-Resolution Training for Nepali UN Peacekeepers and Nepal Police

June 11, 2018 Kathmandu — The U.S. Embassy launched a new series of intercultural communication and leadership trainings at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre (BPO-TC) and the National Police Academy. These training programs will enable current and future Nepali peacekeepers to acquire the necessary English language skills, cultural competence and conflict-resolution abilities needed to ... Read More»

Yes, Ask Those Tough Questions about Foreign Assistance!

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Over the next five years, the U.S. is positioned to invest over $1.2 billion (120 billion rupees) in Nepal’s success.  This foreign assistance is designed in collaboration with the Nepali government and supports Nepali priorities and strategies.  It delivers results for the people, and comes solely in the form of grants, ... Read More»

U.S. and Nepal Break Ground to Rebuild First All Girls’ School in Kathmandu

May 11, 2018 U.S. and Nepal Break Ground to Rebuild First All Girls’ School in Kathmandu KATHMANDU — Today, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, Alaina B. Teplitz; National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Chief Executive Officer, Yuba Raj Bhusal; and other Government of Nepal officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction of Kanya Mandir Secondary School ... Read More»

Nepal Graduates from Temporary Protected Status Program

April 27, 2018 KATHMANDU – After assessing that the overall humanitarian situation in Nepal has stabilized since the devastating earthquake of April 2015, the U.S. Government has determined that Nepal is ready to graduate from its Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced her decision to conclude Temporary Protected Status designation ... Read More»

Nontourist Visa Reciprocity, Warden Program, Children’s Home Discussion Updates

Nontourist Visa Reciprocity Updates We are happy to hear that many citizens are pleased with the new, longer visa validities and lower fees for U.S. citizens residing in Nepal on work, student, and press visas. The requirements for work, study, and press visas in Nepal remain the same. The visa application or eligibility process have ... Read More»

Be Bold, Nepal!

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Although Nepal has struggled to emerge from poverty for decades, I believe it already possesses the fundamental economic ingredients needed to fuel broad-based economic growth and job creation.  Last year’s elections created a clear mandate and public expectation that the government will develop a modern economic framework, one that must promote ... Read More»

Security Alert – Chandragiri Hills Cable Car, Late March 2018 (16 March, 2018)

Location: Chandragiri Hills Cable Car and other places within the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal Event: U.S. Embassy Kathmandu is aware of threats by a local group against the Chandragiri Hills Cable Car attraction through late March 2018.  The Chandragiri Hills Cable Car is a popular tourist attraction located in Thankot, in the southwest portion of the Kathmandu Valley. ... Read More»

Time is now #PressforProgress

ELISABETH VON CAPELLER, VERONICA CODY, VALERIE JULLIAND, MASHFEE SHAMS AND ALAINA B TEPLITZ March 08, 2018 There is a swell of change around the world that is shaking up gender roles and amplifying women’s voices into the mainstream, from small moments to large movements. Millions of people marched for women in the United States, while ... Read More»

Citizens have the power to fight

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Corruption has been the subject of increased public dialogue over the last few months. This is heartening because, in a democracy, citizens must address issues of public concern. The people must partner with government leaders to end corruption. Just as leaders have a duty to establish and enforce the rules, citizens ... Read More»

2018-2019 FULBRIGHT TEACHING EXCELLENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

The Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (Fulbright TEA) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The 2018-2019 program will mark the twenty-second year of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (formerly the Teaching Excellence Awards program) and the first year the program will be known as the ... Read More»

Annual American Citizen Town Hall on Wednesday, February 21

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz will host a town hall for American citizens on Wednesday, February 21, from 4:00-6:00 pm. All American citizens in Nepal are invited to attend, but please know that advanced registration is required. Register before Wednesday, February 14 by emailing consktm@state.gov with the full name and passport number of every member of your family who ... Read More»

Message to U.S. Citizens: 2018 Updates & Improvements to Safety and Security Information

January 9, 2018 Happy New Year! Everyone here at Embassy Kathmandu wishes you and yours a happy and healthy 2018. Please take a moment to plan for the following changes and opportunities in the year ahead. Improvements to Safety and Security Information On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to ... Read More»

Making water work

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Quiet, clean, and efficient electric vehicles are all you see on Nepal’s roads. The air is clear, with no harmful particulate or thick smog blotting out the mountain panoramas. Large irrigation works give farmers a predictable water supply and boost productivity, and watershed management systems improve soil quality while mitigating the ... Read More»

Transition to federalism: Healthier Nepal

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Although the past decade has witnessed a dramatic improvement in the health of Nepalis, including declines in infant and maternal mortality, reductions in chronic malnutrition, and an overall jump in life expectancy, significant health care service gaps persist. In the most recent Demographic Health Survey — the gold standard for assessing ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on International Anti-Corruption Day

December 08, 2017 As Nepal tallies the results of its historic provincial and parliamentary elections, and thousands of new local government officials embody the country’s new federal system of government, the time is ripe for Nepal’s citizens and leaders to take a bold stand against corruption and allow the country to realize its full potential.  ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update – Elections in Nepal on December 7

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu will be closed on Thursday, December 7, 2017, as Kathmandu, Pokhara, and the Terai region vote in the final phase of provincial and federal elections. Please note that the Nepal Police will prohibit all vehicular traffic in voting areas on election day, likely starting at midnight and continuing through the end ... Read More»

2018 GIST Tech-I Competition

The GIST Tech-I competition is seeking startups from all areas of science and technology (S&T) innovation (examples include: agriculture, education, energy, environment, health, information communication technologies (ICT), oceans, and space science) who are still early stage (example, companies that have completed some market analysis, have a launch timeline or have recently launched a product/service for ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Provincial and Federal Elections in Nepal on November 26 and December 7

Provincial and federal elections in Nepal are scheduled to occur in two phases on Sunday, November 26 and Thursday, December 7. The hill and mountain districts in the North will vote in Phase 1 on November 26. Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara Valley, and the southern Terai regions will vote in Phase 2 on December 7. Please ... Read More»

U.S. Statement Urges Peaceful Elections in Nepal

November 20, 2017 KATHMANDU – Following the largely peaceful conduct of Nepal’s three phases of local elections, the United States is alarmed at recent attacks on political candidates and condemns any attempt to impede the electoral process through the use of violence.  We call on all sides to maintain and uphold a peaceful and democratic ... Read More»

U.S. Government Launches New Strategy to Improve Food Security and Nutrition with Government of Nepal

November 17, 2017 KATHMANDU– The U.S. Government launched a five-year Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) to boost agricultural productivity and improve nutrition in Nepal, in partnership with Nepal’s Ministry of Agricultural Development and Ministry of Health. The strategy builds on the U.S. Government’s ongoing Feed the Future initiative and will support the Government of Nepal’s ... Read More»

Open Doors Report: Nepali Students Fastest Growing Enrollment in U.S. Universities

November 15, 2017  Kathmandu – According to the 2017 Open Doors Report, Nepali students studying in U.S. universities are the fastest growing international student population studying at colleges and universities in the United States.  The report is released annually by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and ... Read More»

U. S.-Funded Survey Shows Improved Women’s and Children’s Health Over 20 Years

November 11, 2017 KATHMANDU– The Ministry of Health released the U.S. Embassy-funded 2016 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey report, which highlighted Nepal’s progress over the last 20 years in improving maternal and child health. The Demographic and Health Survey was conducted with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and gathered data ... Read More»

Call for Applications: 2018 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators

November 1, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Nepal is pleased to announce a call for applications for Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars and Secondary School Educators, which sends professionals from around the world to the United States for academic training and hands-on professional development. Please note that these programs are only open ... Read More»

Call for Abstracts!

Call for Abstracts! 2017 marks 70 years of bilateral friendship between the United States and Nepal.  Since 1947, the United States has worked with Nepal to support inclusive and effective governance, promote political stability and economic development, and increase coordination to make positive contributions to domestic and broader regional security efforts.  Our friendship is based ... Read More»

New 2019 Diversity Visa Program Starts

October 18, 2017 Kathmandu — Due to technical issues with the eDV website, there is a new registration period for the 2019 Diversity Visa (DV) program starting at 9:45pm on Wednesday, October 18 (12:00pm EST) and end at 10:45pm on Wednesday, November 22 (12:00pm EST). If you submitted any entry for this year’s program prior ... Read More»

Cleaning up government

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Ask yourself: Can I receive government services without paying a bribe? Do I need to have a close connection to a political party or “big man” to get a timely approval for a standard business practice? Can I even get a job or send my child to school without paying into ... Read More»

President Trump’s Message on Nepal’s Constitution Day

September 15, 2017 Dear Madam President: On behalf of all Americans, congratulations as you celebrate Constitution Day on September 19th.  This is a great day for your country, and the people of the United States welcome this celebration of your democracy. Since you last recognized this important day, Nepal has achieved important progress.  You have ... Read More»

U.S. and Nepal Sign $500 Million Compact

September 14, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Government of Nepal today signed a $500 million compact to spur economic growth and reduce poverty in Nepal. Nepali Minister of Finance Gyanendra Bahadur Karki and Acting MCC CEO Jonathan Nash joined Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan at ... Read More»

Nepali ICT Firms Receive U.S. Data-Driven Farming Award for Innovative Agricultural Solutions

September 7, 2017 KATHMANDU – Today, the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative awarded its global Data-Driven Farming Prize to four firms from around the world for their innovative solutions in utilizing information and communications technology to improve agricultural productivity. Kathmandu-based ICT firm Db2Map received a $100,000 award for its GEOKrishi program that integrates satellite ... Read More»

“Farm to Table” Brings Leaders from Nepal’s Agriculture Sector Together to Explore New Linkages

August 29, 2017 KATHMANDU–Today, the U.S. Embassy hosted a special “Farm to Table” event to highlight the success of Nepal’s agriculture sector and identify opportunities to maximize the economic potential of this key market. Leaders from agribusinesses, buyers, suppliers, financial service providers, and farmers came together to make new connections, share ideas, and explore innovative ... Read More»

Building the economy of the future

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz When I observe Nepal’s economy, I see a series of puzzling contradictions.  I see a country with immense energy resources that is forced to import electricity from its neighbour. I see a demographically youthful nation that—because so many of its young citizens feel compelled to seek employment opportunities overseas—struggles to find ... Read More»

Countering Trafficking In Persons, Together

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz “The first duty of government is to protect its citizens.”  As the United States considered legislation to mend a country recovering from our own civil war, Congressman John Farnsworth – a former Union General all too familiar with man’s potential for inhumanity to man – said these words on the floor ... Read More»

MCC Board of Directors Approves Compact with Nepal

August 18, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors this week approved a $500 million compact with Nepal, MCC’s first compact in South Asia. The Government of Nepal has committed to contributing an additional $130 million to support MCC’s investment. Pending Congressional review, the compact is expected to ... Read More»

U.S. Government Supports Restoration of Kaiser Mahal Palace and Char Narayan Temple

August 11, 2017 The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  Following the worldwide competition, two grants are awarded to the Impact Foundation and the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) to support the restoration of the south wing of the Kaiser Mahal Palace and the ... Read More»

Better Harvests: Private Sector Investment Means More Food, Higher Incomes for Nepal

August 1, 2017 Kathmandu – Private sector investment and engagement in Nepal’s agriculture sector increased crop yields and provided higher incomes for farmers under a five-year United States Government-supported program. At a joint Ministry of Agricultural Development and USG program titled “Better Harvests: Higher Incomes, More Food and A Brighter Future for Nepal,” the Knowledge-based ... Read More»

MCC Delegates Visit Nepal to Advance Compact Proposal

July 21, 2017 Kathmandu – A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) led by Fatema Z. Sumar, Regional Deputy Vice President for Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America, met with Prime Minister Deuba and senior government officials of Nepal to discuss final provisions of a planned MCC grant assistance (compact). The ... Read More»

The right way

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz There is no easy or quick way to get into a US university and so there’s no such thing as a “guaranteed, easy” student visa  As we celebrate 70 years of bilateral relations between the United States and Nepal, this month we are focusing on education. We are proud that nearly 10,000 ... Read More»

U.S. Hands Over Regional Crisis Management Center to Kick Off “Balance Nail”

June 19, 2017 Kathmandu — Today, the U.S. Mission to Nepal, in partnership with the Government of Nepal, conducted a handover ceremony for a Regional Crisis Management Center (RCMC) and commenced the bilateral special operations training exercise “Balance Nail 17-3” at the Chhauni Barracks in Kathmandu. The U.S funded RCMC is a $1.8 million facility, ... Read More»

Play by the rules

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz May 16, 2017-The Nepali people and the world are watching the developments in Nepal as the country stands on the verge of its federal transition. We watch to see if Nepal will travel the road shared with other responsible democracies by respecting the rule of law, honouring the independence of co-equal ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Vehicle Ban and Possible Protests on Election Day, Sunday, May 14

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Vehicle Ban and Possible Protests on Election Day, Sunday, May 14 The Government of Nepal will prohibit almost all vehicles from traveling on roads in Provinces 3, 4, and 6 – an area that includes the Kathmandu valley – during the local elections scheduled for Sunday, May 14, 2017. The ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Notes from Embassy Kathmandu

Greetings from U.S. Embassy Kathmandu. Please take a moment to read through these important updates. Be Mindful During Upcoming Local Elections The upcoming local elections will certainly be historic. Nepalis are keen to exercise their right to elect local representatives for the first time in two decades. The political activity may lead to rallies or ... Read More»

International Development Partners’ Group Statement on Elections

27 April 2017 Kathmandu: The undersigned members of the international community recognize the efforts of all stakeholders including the Election Commission, the Government, civil society and the political parties in preparing for the historic local elections in Nepal. It has been two decades since local elections were last held, and Nepalis are keen to exercise ... Read More»

People-to-people ties

This week marks the 70th anniversary of US-Nepal diplomatic relations. For decades, our two countries have worked together toward one common goal: to encourage a more democratic, prosperous and stable Nepal. As we look on these 70 years, we see that this partnership has been fruitful not only in what our governments have been able ... Read More»

U.S.-Nepal Joint Statement on 3rd Trade and Investment Framework Council Meeting

April 21, 2017 Kathmandu, Nepal – The United States-Nepal Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council held its third meeting on April 20, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal to promote expanded bilateral trade and investment in goods and services. The meeting was co-chaired by Naindra Prasad Upadhaya, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Nepal and Mark ... Read More»

MaxTradeUSA Event Explains America’s Trade Preference Program for Nepal

April 21, 2017 Kathmandu –  Senior government officials and private sector experts explained how Nepali handicraft producers, exporters and businesses can take advantage of new preferential trade benefits provided to certain Nepali exports to the United States.  Organized by the U.S. Embassy with participation by the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Inudstry (FNCCI) ... Read More»

U.S. Starts Rebuilding 15 Schools in Earthquake-Hit Districts

April 24, 2017 U.S. Starts Rebuilding 15 Schools in Earthquake-Hit Districts KAVREPALANCHOWK — The U.S. Government inaugurated the first of seven new permanent schools being constructed through U.S. support. These seven school reconstruction projects are the first wave of a $10 million U.S. Government effort to rebuild 15 primary and secondary schools across 14 districts ... Read More»

When women win

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz March is when the global community recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of women and girls around the world. Together, on March 8th, we celebrated International Women’s Day and advocated for greater empowerment of women and girls. As we commemorate 70 years of progress and partnership between the United States and Nepal, ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Venue in Pokhara

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu informs U.S. citizens that U.S. government personnel are prohibited from visiting or patronizing the Ozone Restaurant and Bar in Pokhara because of the inadequacy of the venue’s security measures. U.S. Citizens may wish to take this into consideration when choosing venues in Pokhara for dining or entertainment. The U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

Peace Corps Celebrates 55th Anniversary in Nepal

March 23, 2017 Kathmandu — U.S. Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz and Peace Corps Nepal Country Director Nelson Chase hosted a celebration today to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Peace Corps’ arrival in Nepal.  The event celebrated the work and contributions of over 3,750 American volunteers who lived, worked and served in communities throughout Nepal since ... Read More»

Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command Visits Kathmandu

March 21, 2017 Kathmandu – Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander of the United States Pacific Command, visited Kathmandu, Nepal to participate in the opening ceremony of a U.S.-sponsored multinational U.N. Peacekeeping exercise (Shanti Prayas) and to meet with Nepali leaders.  Joining Ambassador Alaina Teplitz in meetings with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the Minister ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations/Bandhs

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu informs U.S. citizens that the CPN-Maoist (Biplav) political party has called for a nationwide strike/ bandh on Saturday, March 11, 2017 in protest of the killing of a Nepali citizen allegedly by Indian SSB personnel at the Nepal-India boarder in Ananda Bazar, Kanchanpur (Far Western Region).  Planned actions include possible ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations/Bandhs

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu informs U.S. citizens that the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) (which, together with other affiliated political groups is known as the Federal Alliance) has called for a nationwide strike/bandh on Friday 10 March 2017.  Planned activities include possible disturbances, demonstrations, and actions that could result in violence or other disruptions ... Read More»

Inclusive civic participation: Where democracies thrive

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz This year, 2017, is the 70th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the United States and Nepal. We are using this year of commemoration to reflect on the values and issues common to both our nations. It has been nearly eighteen months since the historic adoption of Nepal’s constitution. ... Read More»

U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Program Announces $300,000 Challenge for Data-Driven Solutions for Food Security

February 09, 2017 Kathmandu – The U.S. Agency for International Development, through the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, is looking to innovators to help Nepali farmers increase value from agricultural productivity. USAID challenges innovators to find tools that help Nepali smallholder farmers improve productivity. This USAID-funded competition will award $300,000 for solutions tailored for ... Read More»

FY 2017 Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program Announcement

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA), a six-week academic program for qualified secondary school teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language(EFL), social studies, mathematics, or science, including special education teachers in those subjects.  Full program information and application materials are ... Read More»

Setting the standard

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz The term “disaster risk reduction” was in part coined right here in Nepal during the early 1990s, based on several pilot projects This month, Nepal observed the 19th annual Earthquake Safety Day, which occurs around the anniversary of the1934 earthquake and serves as a yearly reminder of the importance of building a ... Read More»

U.S. Government Provided $160 Million in Assistance in 2016

January 26, 2017 Kathmandu – The United States Government announced today that it provided $160 million in assistance in 2016 to improve health, education, environment, agriculture, earthquake reconstruction and governance in Nepal. Approximately $133 million of these funds are managed by several U.S. departments and agencies operating in Nepal, including the U.S. Agency for International ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Happy New Year from Embassy Kathmandu

Happy New Year from Embassy Kathmandu. We wish you and yours the best in 2017. January is the perfect time to think about upcoming opportunities in Kathmandu and important annual tasks, including registering to vote and filing taxes. American Citizen Town Hall Ahead The Embassy is happy to be organizing an American Citizen Town Hall, ... Read More»

Trading up

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz After years of conflict and political transition, Nepal now has a golden opportunity to reap the impact that a more inclusive and equitable environment offers. Now is the time for Nepal’s leaders to focus on economic growth, not just “hard politics.” It is also clear that now, 25 years after the ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Planned for Friday

January 6, 2017 The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu informs U.S. citizens that a large demonstration has been planned in Kathmandu for Friday, January 6, 2017.  From 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm on Friday afternoon, several political parties will be marching from various locations in Kathmandu, converging on Exhibition Road—in the vicinity of Ratna Park.  This ... Read More»

President Obama Signs Proclamation to Implement Nepal Preference Program

December 16, 2016 Washington –  On December 15, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a proclamation to implement the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (“TFTEA”), which creates a trade preference program for Nepal.  The TFTEA officially provides duty-free treatment for dozens of types of imports from Nepal that meet specific eligibility criteria, including ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Asian Development Bank Sign Agreement to Rebuild 15 Earthquake-Damaged Schools

December 16, 2016 Kathmandu – The U.S. Embassy in Nepal and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an agreement yesterday to rebuild 15 earthquake-damaged schools in 11 most affected districts, benefiting 4,500 students. The Asian Development Bank will use the $10 million U.S. contribution to rebuild the schools through its Earthquake Emergency Assistance Project.  The ... Read More»

Call for Applications: 2017 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators

December 15, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Nepal is pleased to announce a call for applications for Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Scholars and Secondary School Educators, which sends professionals from around the world to the United States for academic training and hands-on professional development. Please note that these programs are only open ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Changes to Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Program

Message for U.S. Citizens: Changes to Individual Taxpayer Identification Number Program The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is implementing significant changes to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) program under the PATH Act of 2015 ( https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/path-act-tax-related-provisions ) . The new law means that any ITIN not used on a federal tax return at least once in ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches Six New English Access Programs in Nepal

December 2, 2016 Kathmandu – The U.S. Embassy opened six new site English Access Microscholarship Programs across Nepal in Dang, Janakpur, Gulmi, Dhading, Banke and Kathmandu . U.S. Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz opened the program in Namgyal Middle Boarding School at Swayambhu today. The Access Program provides a foundation of English language skills to talented ... Read More»

Statement for NTTP-I’s Publication

The United States has been a friend and partner of Nepal and the Nepali people for nearly 70 years. Together, we continue to focus on strengthening the country’s prospects for peace and prosperity. On this 10th anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Accord, we commend the people of Nepal for the important milestones that have been ... Read More»

Elections first step: Democracy in action

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz The number of democracies around the world nearly doubled in the last 25 years. In a democratic nation, general elections provide an opportunity for all voters to be heard equally and for governing officials to be held accountable for successes and failures. This type of equality is what was envisioned in ... Read More»

Nepal Passes 16 of 20 Indicators on U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Scorecard

November 4, 2016 KATHMANDU – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) released its fiscal year 2017 scorecards this week – a key component in the agency’s annual competitive selection process that determines which countries will receive MCC development funds. This year, of the 82 countries MCC created scorecards for, 33 countries passed while 49 ... Read More»

Millennium Challenge Corporation Discusses Next Steps with Government of Nepal

Kathmandu – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Regional Deputy Vice President for Compact Operations, Fatema Sumar, visited Nepal this week to advance development of an MCC compact with the Government of Nepal. In meetings with key government officials – including Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Minister of Energy Janardan Sharma, and Minister of ... Read More»

Preserving Nepal’s heritage

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Nepal’s rich cultural heritage is woven into the fabric of everyday life. From the temples and palaces in Patan Durbar Square to the small alcoves holding devotional statues nested on busy streets all over Kathmandu, Nepal’s unique architectural and cultural heritage is recognised worldwide. This remarkable heritage is not only part ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Proposed Passport Execution Fee Increase

The Department of State seeks to recover, as far as possible, the cost of providing consular services around the world through the collection of consular fees.  The Department has proposed raising the passport execution fee from $25 to $35.  The execution fee applies to first-time applicants, children, and those replacing a lost, stolen, or damaged ... Read More»

Millennium Challenge Corporation Program in Nepal Moves Forward

September 26, 2016 Kathmandu – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) announced the launch of feasibility studies of various power sector projects proposed by the Office of the Millennium Challenge Nepal (OMCN), a Government of Nepal office which coordinates development of the MCC program. Feasibility studies are the foundation of the MCC compact development ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Bandh Sunday

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu informs U.S. citizens that the Nepal Communist Party-Maoist has called for a bandh (strike) throughout Kathmandu on Sunday, September 25, 2016.  It is not known how effective this bandh will be, but protestors may attempt to increase the effectiveness of the bandh by causing traffic disruptions during early morning hours.  ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Traffic Chowk Blockages Expected

September 23, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu informs U.S. citizens that several traffic chowks in Kathmandu may be blocked on Friday, September 23.  Members of the Nepal Communist Party-Maoist may attempt to block the Kalanki Chowk (Zone 7C) and Gongabu Chowk (Bus Park in Zone 1D) from 10:00am-11:00am.  These two intersections are located on ... Read More»

President Obama Wishes Nepal on Constitution Day

September 18, 2016 Washington – President of the United States Barack Obama today congratulated the President of  Federal Republic of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari and the Nepali people on Nepal’s Constitution Day.  Following is the message sent to the President of Nepal: Dear Madam President: I am pleased to congratulate you and the people of ... Read More»

Protests around the Anniversary of the Nepal Constitution

September 19, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu informs U.S. citizens that there are several protests scheduled to take place throughout Kathmandu from September 19-21 due to the anniversary of the Nepal Constitution.  Planned actions include possible disturbances near Singa Durbar and Ratna Park.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Bids Farewell to 90,000th Refugee to Resettle to the United States

September 20, 2016 Kathmandu – U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz today met with, and bid farewell to, Ms. Sahri Maya Thatal, the 90,000th Bhutanese refugee to be resettled in the United States. Ms. Thatal and her four children will leave Nepal tomorrow to start their new lives in New Hampshire. Ambassador Teplitz visited ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal Concludes Nepal Visit

September 5, 2016 Kathmandu –  Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal concluded a two-day visit to Nepal today. In meetings with political, business, and civic leaders, Assistant Secretary Biswal  discussed the challenges and opportunities facing Nepal ranging from transitional justice to elections.  She met with Prime Minister Dahal and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts South and Central Asia Regional Model United Nations Conference

August 15, 2016 Kathmandu — U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz today opened the South and Central Asia university-level regional Model United Nations (MUN) conference.  Hosted by the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Youth Thinkers’ Society, 200 delegates from across South and Central Asia are gathered to discuss multilateral issues including countering violent ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations/Bandhs

12 August 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu informs U.S. citizens that the All Nepal National Independent Student Union (ANNISU-R) has called for a nationwide educational strike (bandh) on August 15th and 16th.  Planned actions could include disturbances, demonstrations, and actions that could result in violence or other disruptions. Confrontations between protesters and motorists could ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Meets New Prime Minister

August 8, 2016 Kathmandu – This morning, U.S. Ambassador Alaina Teplitz met with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.  Ambassador Teplitz noted Nepal’s commitment to democracy and commended the peaceful transition of government under the new Constitution.  “The United States is committed to a continued partnership with the people and government of Nepal, in order to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches New “BookTuk” Mobile Library

Kathmandu – The U.S. Embassy in Nepal launched a new, electric-powered mobile library at Padma Kanya Higher Secondary School in Dillibazar.  The “BookTuk” is the latest addition to the U.S. Embassy’s mobile Book Bus library fleet.  U.S. Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz and Coordinator for the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) at the Department of ... Read More»

“Makerspace” Opens at U.S. Embassy’s Innovation Hub

July 28, 2016 Kathmandu – The U.S. Embassy today opened a new Makerspace at the Embassy-supported Innovation Hub located inside the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry building in Teku.  A “Makerspace” is a place that supports hands-on learning in an informal, creativity-focused environment where people gather to share resources and knowledge. The ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nationwide Demonstration/Bandh on July 25, 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu informs U.S. citizens that the CPN-Maoists have called for a nationwide strike/bandh on July 25, 2016.  Planned actions include possible disturbances at public spaces and government offices across Nepal that could result in violence or other disruptions.  Confrontations between protesters and motorists could occur, especially at major chowks (intersections).  Clashes ... Read More»

U.S. Announces Expansion of Trade Preferences For Least Developed Countries, Including Nepal

July 7, 2016 Washington, D.C. – The United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) office announced the Annual Product Review under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.  This measure adds new duty-free status for travel goods – such as luggage, backpacks, handbags, and wallets – for Least Developed Beneficiary Developing Countries (LDBDCs), including Nepal. The new rule ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, ... Read More»

U.S. State Department Releases Annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report: Nepal’s Anti-Trafficking Hero Honored

July 1, 2016 Washington — During the release of the U.S. Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, Secretary of State John Kerry underscored the need for concerted efforts to combat human trafficking around the world.  The annual TIP Report “is a detailed analysis of the challenges that we face.  It’s a targeted ... Read More»

The Discomforts of Democracy

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Participating in a fully democratic society can sometimes be uncomfortable.  The democratic space is filled with competing ideas:  some of which are echoes of your own opinions and many of which are disagreeable or even “wrong” or “dangerous.”  Citizens of democracies will find some of their strongly-held beliefs directly challenged on ... Read More»

203rd Group of Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn In

June 10, 2016 Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz swore in twenty-four Peace Corps Volunteers on June 10 to begin their two-year service in Nepal. This group of Volunteers is the fifth to arrive in Nepal since the Peace Corps program re-opened in 2012. Peace Corps/Nepal Acting Country Director Diane Partl also welcomed the new volunteers, who join the ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations/Bandhs

8 June 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kathmandu informs U.S. citizens that the CPN-Maoist political party has called for a nationwide strike/ bandh  on 9 June 2016.  Planned actions include possible disruption at government offices across Nepal, demonstrations, impeding transportation and other actions that could result in violence or other disturbances. Confrontations between protesters and ... Read More»

Nepal and the United States Establish “Sister Park” Relationship

June 3, 2016 The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a “Sister Park” relationship between Nepal’s Chitwan, Langtang, and Sagarmatha National Parks and Yosemite National Park in the United States. This relationship between national parks is designed to promote bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of these parks by increasing information sharing and direct park-to-park ... Read More»

Time for action

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Across Asia, wealth has dramatically increased in the 21st century. China has seen tens of millions of people move into the middle class while India has become the fastest growing major economy in the world. And it is not just these two large countries; many of Asia’s smaller countries are posting ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration/Strike/Bandh

The Nepal National Transportation Entrepreneurs Federation has called for a citywide strike or bandh in Kathmandu on Thursday 26 May 2016.  Confrontations between protesters and motorists could occur, especially at major chowks (intersections).  Clashes between protestors and police may occur anywhere within the Kathmandu Valley and greater Nepal. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy “Girls in Tech” Program Request for Proposals

Background The U.S. Embassy maintains nine American Spaces across Nepal that offer programming, reference materials, films, computers and other valuable resources to local residents. The American Spaces serve as important outreach tools that engage with people and share information about American culture, policies and goals. Every year, thousands of people across Nepal are served by ... Read More»

U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup Champions Conduct Empowerment Clinics in Kathmandu and Dhangadhi (April 8, 2016)

April 8, 2016 The U.S. Embassy brought Sports Envoys Lorrie Fair and Tracy Noonan to conduct an “Empowering Nepali Women through Soccer” program April 2-8. Tracy and Lorrie were members of the U.S. Women’s  National Team that won the 1999 World Cup soccer championship. During their program, the American Sports Envoys organized soccer clinics, community ... Read More»

U.S. Government Unveils Plans for Bahrabise Health Center Reconstruction (April 18, 2016)

April 18, 2016 U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz and Minister for Health and Population Ram Janam Chaudhary jointly unveiled plans to rebuild a new, earthquake-safe Bahrabise Primary Health Care Center (PHCC), today. The $1.9 million joint collaboration is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and will be implemented by the ... Read More»

U.S. Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes (2016-04-25)

2016-04-25 Today marks the one-year anniversary of the spring 2015 earthquakes that struck central Nepal, affecting more than six million people in Nepal, India, China, and Bangladesh, and causing widespread damage and destruction.  The United States again offers its condolences to the families of the estimated 9,000 people who lost their lives and the more ... Read More»

Women’s day, every day

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz A few weeks ago, International Women’s Day celebrated the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. In the US, we observe the entire month of March as “Women’s History Month” and honour women who sacrifice to ensure that all people have an equal opportunity to pursue the American dream.  In ... Read More»

Millennium Challenge Corporation Discusses Compact Development with Government of Nepal

March 4, 2016 The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Regional Deputy Vice President for Compact Operations Fatema Sumar visited Nepal this week to advance development of an MCC compact with the Government of Nepal. In meetings with key government officials – including Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Physical ... Read More»

U.S. Cancels Travel Warning for Nepal

The U.S. Department of State yesterday cancelled its Travel Warning for Nepal. The Travel Warning was issued for Nepal on October 8, 2015, and reflected geological instability following the Gorkha Earthquake and the monsoon season, unrest in the Terai, and country-wide fuel shortages.  Because conditions have changed, the Travel Warning was cancelled effective February 29, ... Read More»

Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program Announcement

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA), a six-week academic program for qualified secondary school teachers of English, English as a Foreign Language(EFL), social studies, mathematics, or science, including special education teachers in those subjects.  Full program information and application materials are ... Read More»

President Obama Signs Nepal Trade Preferences Bill

Washington – Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing special trade preferences for Nepal, which will grant duty-free tariff benefits for up to 66 types of items, including certain carpets, headgear, shawls, scarves, and travel goods. The Nepal program is authorized for ten years and is designed to help Nepal’s economic recovery from the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy to Support Regional Model UN Conference in Kathmandu

February 23, 2016 The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Youth Thinkers’ Society, is organizing Nepal’s largest-ever regional Model United Nations Conference this coming August in Kathmandu. The conference will bring together over 200 delegates from across South and Central Asia to discuss a wide variety of issues, including regional economic integration, climate change, and ... Read More»

Dr. King’s legacy: Power of nonviolence

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz Today the United States celebrates the lifework and incredible legacy of one of our most influential citizens, civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1994, Congress designated Martin Luther King Day as a National Day of Service, encouraging Americans to spend the day helping their communities. As a ... Read More»

Our Constitution

Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz As Nepal continues on its democratic path I urge all Nepalis to commit to the challenge of making your own federal constitution “more perfect” Today, Americans around the world will observe the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving is celebrated by all Americans, regardless of religion, ethnicity or creed, and this year I am ... Read More»
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